Records of WWI British soldiers go online

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Personal details of millions of British soldiers who fought in the First World War are to be revealed online.

In a remarkable development for family-tree researchers and social historians, the records have been put on a genealogy website.

They amount to some 2.5 million names, 28 thousand reels of transcribed microfilm and countless forgotten details about physical appearance, discipline record, regimental movements, postings, next of kin, military career histories and, in some cases, the manner of their deaths...

"This is not just military history, this is social history," said William Spencer, a senior military specialist at the National Archives in Kew...

The records, known as the WO363 British Army Service records and the WO364 British Army Pension records, can be searched at the website as part of a deal with the National Archives.

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